CLAUSE 4 – CONTEXT OF THE ORGANISATION
This clause underpins the 2018 Standards and establishes the context of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS). This clause is found in all ISO management system standards, and it requires the organization to determine all internal and external issues that may be relevant to the achievement of the objectives of the OH&SManagement System itself. This includes all elements which are, and maybe capable of, affecting these objectives and outcomes in the future. It gives you the opportunity to identify all internal and external issues that are relevant and may affect, the strategic direction of the organization and the OHSMS. You will also need to identify the needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties that are relevant to your management system. These groups can include workers, shareholders, subcontractors, regulatory groups, etc. Finally, you’ll need to establish, implement, maintain and continually improve the management system.
This clause ‘sets the scene’ for the organization and the scope and boundaries for the occupational health and safety management system. Importantly ISO 45001 should be aligned to the strategic direction of the organization, embedding OH&S management into the core business functions, rather than as a stand-alone discipline. Within this clause the organization has to determine the internal and external factors that may affect its ability to achieve the intended outcomes of its OH&S MS. Externally this may be issues such as socio-economic and political instability; internally, it may be issues such as restructuring, acquisitions or new products. The organization is also required to determine the needs and expectations of ‘interested parties with regard to the OH&S MS. This means that the system cannot operate in isolation – those who have an interest in the outcomes of the OH&S MS – workers, shareholders, legal authorities, contractors, etc have to be considered.
Most organizations will have worked through these two aspects as part of their overall risk and opportunity management (and/or if they have other ISO standards) but it is important for ISO 45001 that these issues are expressly considered against the intended outcomes of the OH&S MS. How could political insecurity or an organizational restructure put worker’s health and safety at risk? Or provide an opportunity to improve the workplace? The final scope for the OH&S MS must be documented. this helps to evidence the integrity of the MS. It would be unacceptable to exclude a particular part of the business or site due to poor health and safety performance. Remember the aim for the OH&S MS – to prevent injury and ill-health and provide a safe and healthy workplace. Excluding a particular part of the business would undermine the overall credibility of the organization.
Context 4.1: Understanding the Organization and Its Context
The organization should determine external and internal issues that are relevant to its purpose and that affect its ability to achieve the intended outcomes of its OH&S management system.
As per Annex A (Guidance on the use of ISO 45001:2018 standard) of ISO 45001:2018 standard it further explains:
An understanding of the context of an organization is used to establish, implement, maintain and continually improve its OH&S management system. Internal and external issues can be positive or negative and include conditions, characteristics, or changing circumstances that can affect the OH&S management system, for example:
a) external issues, such as:
1) the cultural, social, political, legal, financial, technological, economic, and natural surroundings and market competition, whether international, national, regional, or local;
2) introduction of new competitors, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, partners and providers, new technologies, new laws, and the emergence of new occupations;
3) new knowledge on products and their effect on health and safety;
4) key drivers and trends relevant to the industry or sector having an impact on the organization;
5) relationships with, as well as perceptions and values of, its external interested parties;
6) changes in relation to any of the above;
b) internal issues, such as:
1) governance, organizational structure, roles, and accountabilities;
2) policies, objectives, and the strategies that are in place to achieve them;
3) the capabilities, understood in terms of resources, knowledge, and competence (e.g. capital, time, human resources, processes, systems, and technologies);
4) information systems, information flows and decision-making processes (both formal and informal);
5) introduction of new products, materials, services, tools, software, premises, and equipment;
6) relationships with, as well as perceptions and values of, workers;
7) the culture in the organization;
8) standards, guidelines, and models adopted by the organization;
9) the form and extent of contractual relationships, including, for example, outsourced activities;
10) working time arrangements;
11) working conditions;
12) changes in relation to any of the above.
It requires an organization to assess both internal and external influences in formulating and implementing a health and safety management system. In addition to the traditional customer, economic and competitive factors, it notes that these influences can include how laws, technical developments, and even political/ cultural/social changes might impact the mission of the organization, whether their origin is local, regional, national or international. It specifically wants the ISO 45001 directed health and safety effort to address the requirements of Clause 4.2. 4.3, and 4.4.
The organization must understand the internal and external issues that can impact in a positive or negative manner its health and safety performance including, inter alia, organizational culture and structure, and the external environment including cultural, social, political, legal, financial, technological, economic, market competition and natural factors of significance to its performance. The company will be required to identify all relevant internal and external issues including conditions, characteristics, or changing circumstances that can affect its occupational health and safety management system and then address those that require further attention. External issues include the following:
- The cultural, social, political, legal, financial, technological and economic conditions in which the company operates, whether at the international, national, regional or local level.
- The legislative framework in which the organization operates including statutory, regulatory and other forms of legal requirements, Competition and market conditions.
- Relationship with contractors, suppliers, partners and other external interested parties.
- Key drivers and trends of relevance to the industry or sector in which the organization operates.
Internal issues include:
- The size and complexity of the organization and the nature of the activities carried out therein;
- The strategic direction of the organization, its policies, and objectives.
- Organizational governance and structure, roles and accountabilities.
- The capability and capacity of the organization in terms of resources, knowledge, and competence (e.g. capital, employee competencies, processes, systems, and technologies).
- Information systems: information flows and decision-making processes (both formal and informal) and the time frame within which they are accomplished.
- The process for introducing new products, materials, services, tools, software, premises, and equipment.
- Organizational style and the health and safety culture of the organization.
- The form and extent of contractual relationships, including, for example, outsourced activities.
- Working time arrangements.
- Working conditions;
An understanding of the organization and its context can be achieved at a strategic level by using techniques such as Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis, and Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental (PESTLE) analysis. Alternatively, depending on the size and complexity of its operations, the organization can use a simpler approach, such as brainstorming and asking, “what if” questions. A formal process or documented information is not required in order to satisfy the requirements of this sub-clause – the onus is on each organization to adopt the approach best suited to its circumstances. However, the process adopted by the organization to develop an understanding of its context should guide its efforts to plan, implement, maintain and continually improve its occupational health and safety management system. It is recommended that the organization documents and periodically updates the process and its results as needed. The results can be used to assist the organization in:
- Setting the scope of its OH&S management system.
- Determining the risks and opportunities that need to be addressed. /li>
- Developing or enhancing its OH&S policy.
- Establishing its OH&S objectives.
- Fulfilling its compliance obligations.
Clause 4.2: Understanding the Needs and Expectations of Workers and other Interested Parties
The organization must determine the other interested parties, in addition to workers, that are relevant to the OH&S management system. The organization must also determine the relevant needs and expectations (i.e. requirements) of workers and other interested parties. The organization must also identify the needs and expectations which could become legal requirements and other requirements.
As per Annex A (Guidance on the use of ISO 45001:2018 standard) of ISO 45001:2018 standard it further explains:
Interested parties in addition to workers can include:
a) legal and regulatory authorities (local, regional, state/provincial, national or international);
b) parent organizations;
c) suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors;
d) workers’ representatives;
e) workers’ organizations (trade unions) and employers’ organizations;
f) owners, shareholders, clients, visitors, local community and neighbors of the organization and the general public;
g) customers, medical and other community services, media, academia, business associations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
h) occupational health and safety organizations, occupational safety, and health-care professionals.
Some needs and expectations are mandatory; for example because they have been incorporated into laws and regulations. The organization may also decide to voluntarily agree to, or adopt, other needs and expectations (e.g. subscribing to a voluntary initiative). Once the organization adopts them they are addressed when planning and establishing the OH&S management system.
This requirement addresses the desires and demands of all those who may have an interest in the organization and could impact its mission and who, in turn, should then influence its OHSMS It asks those seeking ISO 45001 certification to have an ongoing system for determining these influences.
Clause 4.1 requires the organization to understand the internal and external issues that can impact in a positive or negative manner its health and safety performance including, inter alia, organizational culture and structure, and the external environment including cultural, social, political, legal, financial, technological, economic, market competition and natural factors of significance to its performance. Consideration of the above will aid the identification of interested parties and their needs and expectations. ISO 45001 defines an interested party or stakeholder as “a person or organization that can affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by a decision or activity”. ISO 45001 requires the organization to determine:
- The other interested parties, in addition to workers, that are relevant to the OH&S management system.
- The relevant needs and expectations or requirements of workers and other interested parties.
- Which or these needs and expectations are or could become legal and/or other requirements
Interested parties in addition to workers can include:
- Legal and regulatory authorities such as the Health and Safety Authority HSA/Health and Safety Executive HSE;
- Kuwait Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
- Owners, shareholders, the parent company.
- Suppliers, contractors and subcontractors.
- Workers’ representatives such as safety representatives/safety councils/health and safety committee.
- Trade unions and employers’ organizations.
- Local community and neighbours of the organization.
- The general public.
- Medical and emergency services.
- The media.
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
Occupational health and safety organizations such as IOSH Occupational safety and health-care professionals. Some needs and expectations are mandatory because they have been incorporated into laws and regulations. For example, the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations 2001 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) require the organization, if applicable, to ensure that the exposure of employees and other persons to hazardous substances is either prevented or adequately controlled. The organization must assess the risks posed by hazardous substances to decide what precautions are needed to prevent or adequately control exposure. It must also ensure that the control measures are used and maintained. If necessary, the exposure of employees to hazardous substances should be monitored and appropriate medical surveillance should be carried out. Plans and procedures should be prepared to deal with accidents and incidents that involve hazardous substances. Employees should be properly informed, trained, and supervised.
The organization may also decide to voluntarily agree to, or adopt, other needs and expectations such as subscribing to a voluntary initiative. Once the organization adopts these needs and expectations they are addressed when planning and establishing the OH&S management system. Employees indubitably constitute the organization’s most significant interested party, whose needs and expectations must be identified and addressed. The organization should seek out their views on health and safety concerns regarding work activities, products or services. It should follow up on inquiries, requests, complaints or suggestions made by employees to learn more about their expectations. The health and safety committee is an excellent forum for the gathering and evaluation of workers’ concerns. The organizations should take the time to understand the relevant interested parties’ needs and expectations and determine the ones that are relevant to the OH&S management system and should be addressed.
Clause 4.3: Determining the Scope of the OH&S Management System
The organization must determine the boundaries and applicability of the OH&S management system to establish its scope. When determining this scope the organization must consider the external and internal issues and take into account the legal and other requirements identified from the needs and expectations of workers and other interested parties. The organization must take into account the planned or performed work-related activities. The OH&S management system must also include the activities, products, and services within the organization’s control or influence that can impact the organization’s OH&S performance. The scope must be documented.
As per Annex A (Guidance on the use of ISO 45001:2018 standard) of ISO 45001:2018 standard it further explains:
An organization has the freedom and flexibility to define the boundaries and applicability of the OH&S management system. The boundaries and applicability may include the whole organization, or (a) specific part(s) of the organization, as long as the top management of that part of the organization has its own functions, responsibilities, and authorities for establishing an OH&S management system.
The credibility of the organization’s OH&S management system will depend upon the choice of the boundaries. The scope should not be used to exclude activities, products, and services that have or can impact the organization’s OH&S performance, or to evade its legal requirements and other requirements. The scope is a factual and representative statement of the organization’s operations included within its OH&S management system boundaries that should not mislead interested parties.
Because of the above more wide-ranging franchise, the standard requires the scope of the OH&S to potentially be widened to include how the needs of those relevant groups noted above can be addressed within the OH&S as it delivers its products and services.
Define the Scope of your OH&S. The scope of the OH&S Management System must be defined; what parts of the workplaces associated with the plant/factory and the office/administration are included in the system.
Once the scope is defined, an organization must include in the OH&S management system the activities, products, and services that it controls or influences and that can impact its OH&S performance. Clause 4.1 requires the organization to understand the internal and external issues that can impact in a positive or negative manner its health and safety performance including, inter alia, organizational culture and structure, and the external environment including cultural, social, political, legal, financial, technological, economic, market competition and natural factors of significance to its performance. Clause 4.2 requires the organization to identify relevant interested parties and their needs and expectations.
Once the organization has determined and assessed its internal and external issues and identified the needs and expectations of relevant interested parties, including its workforce, it should then define the boundaries and applicability of the OH&S management system. The scope of the OH&SMS can include the whole organization, or specific and identified functions or sections of the organization. Therefore, if the organization makes a statement that it conforms to ISO 45001, then it must make the scope of the management system available so that interested parties clearly understand what parts of the organization are covered. The scope of the management system should include everything under the organization’s control or influence that could impact its OH&S performance. The credibility of the organization’s OH&S management system will largely depend on the extent of the defined boundaries. Under no circumstances should the scope be used to exclude activities, products or services that have or could have the potential to impact the organization’s OH&S performance, or to evade its legal and other requirements. An inappropriately narrow or exclusive scope could undermine the credibility of the organization’s OH&S management system with its interested parties and reduce its ability to achieve the intended outcomes of the occupational health and safety management system. The scope is a factual statement of the organization’s operations or business processes to be included within its OH&S management system boundaries. Once the scope is defined, the concept of ‘organization’ is limited to what the scope covers, e.g. if the scope of the OH&S management system is limited to a particular function or section of the organization, the remainder of the organization is then considered to be an external provider or other interested parties. The organization should maintain the scope of the OH&S management system as documented information and make it available to interested parties. There are several methods for so doing, e.g. using a written description, inclusion on a site map, an organizational diagram, a webpage, or posting a public statement of its conformity. When documenting its scope, the organization should consider using an approach that identifies the activities or processes involved, the products or services that ensue, and the location(s), where they occur.
An example of how a scope could be derived
LLL is an electronic controller, power supply manufacturer, and installer within passenger and goods lifts within buildings. This extends to industrial settings, including petrochemical and mines. The business is based in Kuwait. Kuwait is well placed geographically to act as the gateway to the Persian Gulf, the European continents, and Africa. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. There are good aviation links to America and Europe.
Our company growth strategy is linked heavily with the construction, petrochemicals, and mining markets within differing jurisdictions. Our ﬁscal growth play requires the business to grow with a projected Turnover from 7m KWD to 7.5 KWD within two years and an increase in profit from 8% to 11%. Other strategies may result in a move to base the organization within more preferential tax regimes to assist in the growth and profit objectives. The growth plan will require engagement as tier-one suppliers, into established and specialist lift manufacturers, in addition to developing a reputation as installers of lift power supplies and controllers into hazardous environments. It is therefore crucial that not only must our products be suitable for those environments, but also our installation teams must perform well within high safety performance cultures and be capable of immediate compliance with the safety requirements of our customers. Offices for installation and commissioning teams will be established in the main conurbations. Technical sales support for speciﬁers and lift manufacturers will be country-based.
The company enables its customers to meet their compliance requirements of ISO 45001, local and government legislation, and regulations. The OH & S Management System (OH & S MS) serves to formalize the policies, processes, and operating standards that will apply to the company’s employees, partners, and contractors. Successful growth would permit the penetration into wide markets with an objective to standardize controllers. Aﬁersales service is therefore critical to our reputation and growth. Combining this with our expertise in the local, regional and national markets gives us increasing leverage in sales through our undoubted ability to produce bespoke solutions at short notice and compliant with hazardous environments.
The global perspective of the business demands that we not only comply but exceed the requirements of national laws. LLL is to earn a reputation as an ethical employer. Whilst an excellent work ethic is to be expected from our employees, overwork will not be tolerated. The management of work-related upper disorders (WRULD) and matters such as absenteeism, through stress management, are vital to our success. Our Human Resources Department with be active and instrumental in achieving this goal. Our reputation for safety leadership is such that we must be seen to occupy the center stage amidst our competitors and be perceived as such by our valued customers.
External and Internal Issues
The company determines the external and internal issues that are relevant to its purpose and strategic direction and that affect its ability to achieve the intended results of the OH&S MS. Consideration is given to the:
- Positive and negative factors or conditions.
- External context and issues, such as legal, regulatory, technological, competitive, cultural, social, political and economic environments.
- Internal context and issues, such as values, culture, organization structure, knowledge and performance of the business.
- Determination and requirements of the needs and expectations of interested parties relevant to the OH&S MS.
- Authority and the ability to exercise control and influence.
- Activities, products, and services are relevant to the business.
- Documented information is retained as evidence to support that the context of the organization has been taken into account in the OH&S MS.
1.Purpose of the Company
The vision of the company is to become the predominant partner for liﬁ controllers and power supplies in high hazard industries and to develop equipment and techniques that are considered the safest in the world. This is to be enhanced with reliable staff to install and where necessary maintain their installations. External issues relevant to health and safety are identiﬁed below. Risks and opportunities associated with these are contained in the organization’s risk assessments.
2. Site Context
The company operates manufacturing, a research center, and an installation team. (Issue: Legal Compliance)
The legal environment in Kuwait contains, amongst other things, statutory requirements contained in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Health and safety statutory regulations are enforced within Kuwait and civil liability may attach to incidents within the workplace. The structure of safety is not dissimilar to that within the UK and therefore given the very extensive provisions for health and safety within the UK, it is considered that UK legislation and practice will be adopted unless this fails to satisfy Kuwait requirements, in which case the more demanding requirements will be met. The Department of Occupational Safety and Health regularly inspects operators, responds to complaints. (Fines and legal costs)
3. Market Pressures
In recent years, the company has had an increase in requests from customers for its safety record and control methodology. This has especially been the case where there has been a need to install on-site and to supply to the petrochemical and raw material processing industries. Also of note, are high proﬁle architectural skyscrapers with attendant security controls.
Reliability of components is regarded as being equally important to customers as health and safety, during construction and maintenance. LLL has not been able to respond adequately to requests for information and has failed prequaliﬁcation on a number of instances. (Stakeholder complaints, evaluation of compliance with customer requirements).
Guidance documents on health and safety responsibilities have been published by relevant local industry trade associations and the Department of Occupation Safety and Health (DOSH) and the company is beginning to make use of those. (Concern: Stakeholder complaints legal compliance)
In response to international market pressures and to ensure that the company’s stakeholder needs were being met, the management of the company authorized the implementation of a health and safety management system that meets the requirements of ISO 45001:2018. The company decided not to acquire third-party certiﬁcation of the system. (Loss of stakeholder confidence)
The company was formed 40 years ago and has always operated at the Ahmedi. Early production focused on servicing local and regional customers. More latterly, with increasing demand for high-quality products and site-based installation and service, demand has grown into more complex installations. Company expansion followed and the company now holds a number of key accounts with property owners, construction companies, and one petrochemical organization, though inquiries are increasing from the petrochemical and mining sectors. (Legal compliance, not meeting stakeholder interests)
The company already had an integrated management system that incorporates quality and environmental management. The company started developing its formal health and safety management system last year. The Head of SHEQ was initially charged with the responsibility of implementing the system by the Board. Later, responsibility for the management system was given to a new post (Health and Safety Manager). The Head of SHEQ has overall responsibility for maintaining any documents as part of the integrated environment, health and safety, and quality system. Consequently, the head of HSEQ wrote most of the health and safety documents including risk assessments, processes, and procedures. Time pressures effectively excluded any practical contribution from other managers. (Lack of consultation & participation, culture & loss of staff and associated competence)
LLL employs 255 personnel of which: 20 are in R&D and testing; 140 personnel work over three shifts within the manufacturing center; 50 Installation team; 20 Delivery and distribution and 25 Sales. Kuwait has a legal structure of Acts, Regulations, and Guidance for the management of health and safety. The requirements of LLL and their partners are to comply with local legalization and additional good practice. There is also a requirement to implement and monitor corporate objectives. These corporate objectives are provided on the 1 January each year to the Managing Director of its Holding company.
The manufacturing process
LLL designs, develops, assembles, transports, installs, commissions, and maintains lift controllers and associated items for passenger and goods liﬁs. It also arranges transportation of the ﬁnished product to the Asian market. Approximately 20% of the site is taken up by the Prospect Heights Factory, of which the ground ﬂoor is entirely occupied by the assembly and materials storage areas including ﬁnished product. There is very little space to spare, and stores on site are kept to a minimum, relying on ‘just in time (lean)’ delivery of materials. First ﬂoor offices contain production administration, Sales & Purchasing, Executive functions, and staff canteen facilities. A separate R&D testing laboratory for developing controllers and switchgear is also present.
Occasionally work is carried out over the weekends, mainly for maintenance or to accommodate extra work for urgent, complex, or large orders. Key components are bought into the company; frames are cut to size, electronic printed circuit boards (PCB’s) are designed; PCB boards are made by an outsourced supplier, and then populated; inserted into cabinets; moved to the test areas; tested; packaged and sent to site for either installation by subcontractor or installation by LLL installation team. In addition, research and development of electronic controllers take place within established test areas; as does bespoke design and population of printed circuit boards. The organization hopes to corner the market with its unique design for controllers and therefore the R&D function is critical to their business success. The key steps in the manufacturing process are:
- Designers or technical sales gather key performance data for the desired product. This is passed to the production players who determine the through-put into the production department and associated delivery dates.
- The printed circuit boards are requested from specialist supplies; the boards are checked for defect and provided to production to populate with electronic components. This process can take some time to achieve.
- The populated boards are passed through the wave solder machine. There are a number of issues in connection with this machine. There is fume from the solder and on occasion, the machines have to be cleaned. There are fire risks and burn risks all of which is managed successfully through good practice and PPE.
- Completed circuit boards are sent to QA for checking and QC.
- The full-size plan for the design for the frame and panel is printed out with a plotter and used as a full-size template. The production team lay this out on benches and begin to cut components to size and construct the frame, We have many problems with backs and long period spend doing this seem to create H&S issues.
- Steel channel is cut to size with cutting wheels.
- A hole is drilled to receive the electrical components.
- The electrical components are secured onto the frame ready for wiring. The wiring process is very ﬁddly and some employees only wish to do this for short periods.
- All electrical components are degreased before final location into the frame. This is often completed by hand using turpentine. Again some employees complain of dermatitis although we believe that the cause lies outside of the work environment.
- The assembled frame is mechanically or manually handled into the cabinet. This involves some manual handling.
- The cabinet is wheeled on a trolley into the test area where it is tested and electrically H&S checked.
- It then moves to the packaging and dispatch area for palletizing and loading onto lorries as required.
- All components are kept inside the manufacturing area as adverse atmospheric conditions may detrimentally affect individual components.
Cassettes for populating the printed circuit boards with the smaller components. The larger components are inserted manually.
Wave solder machine for lead-free soldering. The apron is worn when cleaning the machine. There have been problems with the ventilation but this has not affected production.
Assembly area for producing controller boxes. This requires the use of abrasive wheels. There can be sparks that occur from the cutting and noise is only a problem in short bursts.
Tool bench and jig table for assembly of panels.
Assembly of the electronic relays and switches. Stooping over the benches for hours is required.
Cables reels on a freestanding jig with other tools and equipment to construct electronic panels.
Open panel ready to receive the electrical components
|Assembled frame put into the cabinet. View of the internal electronic controls (relays and switches).|
|Transporting panels within the factory on trolleys.|
|Panels for testing within the test centre located with R&D|
|Forklift trucks located at goods in for loading and unloading components and panels.|
|Interested Party||Needs, Expectations, and Issues|
|Employees within business||
Vision, Mission, and Values
Vision: “Gets everyone involved and participating in QHSE”
Mission: Makes compliance enjoyable.
Values: Our customers’ are successful in compliance
Key Business Strategies
|Develop business processes to accommodate the expected growth.||
|Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the core processes||
|Personnel to be capable of delivering the growth for the business||
|Grow market share in all markets||
Our health and safety management system address all employees and customers affected by the manufacture and installation of our lift controllers and power supplies to our customers. The OH & S MS describes how the company requirements are to be addressed throughout its operations and addresses the requirements of ISO 45001:2018.
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Clause 4.4: OH&S Management System
The organization must establish, implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system, including the processes needed and their interactions, in accordance with the requirements of this document.
The organization retains the authority, accountability, and autonomy to decide how it will fulfill the requirements of this document, including the level of detail and extent to which it:
a) establishes one or more processes to have confidence that it (they) is (are) controlled, carried out as planned and achieve the intended outcomes of the OH&S management system;
b) integrates requirements of the OH&S management system into its various business processes (e.g. design and development, procurement, human resources, and sales and marketing).
If this document is implemented for a specific part(s) of an organization, the policies and processes developed by other parts of the organization can be used to meet the requirements of this document, provided that they are applicable to the specific part(s) that will be subject to them and that they conform to the requirements of this document. Examples include corporate OH&S policies, education, training and competency programmes, and procurement controls.
An organization must establish, implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system, including the processes needed and their interactions, in accordance with the requirements of ISO 45001. Learn more about what a process approach is.
For the OH&S Management System, the organization can decide how it will fulfill the requirements of ISO 45001, including the level of detail and extent to which it will:
Integrate requirements of the OH&S management system into its various business operations, such as design & development, procurement, human resources, sales, and marketing, etc.
Incorporate the issues associated with its context (4.1), its interested party requirements (4.2), and the scope (4.3) of its OH&S management system. Make use of policies and processes developed by other parts of the organization such as corporate OH&S policies, document management system, competency programs, procurement controls, etc. Document the process properly, including updates, and making it available to all involved. Clause 4.4 requires the organization to establish, implement, maintain and continually improve its OH&S management system, including the processes needed and their interactions. The OH&S management system should reflect the context of the organization, be proportionate to its size and complexity, and be properly resourced. An OH&S management system should be viewed as an organizing framework that should be continually monitored and periodically reviewed to provide effective direction for an organization’s responses to changing internal and external issues. The OH&S management system should be aligned and integrated with other business processes to ensure that OH&S performance is not compromised in order that other business objectives can be achieved, e.g. sacrificing health and safety at the expense of achieving productivity objectives. It is imperative that OH&S requirements are aligned and integrated with the organization’s management practices and business processes. For example, if an organization conducts an annual strategic review of its market position, customer needs and expectations, and business performance, then it is more effective to incorporate an understanding of the internal and external issues that can impact on its health and safety performance, interested party needs and expectations, and OH&S performance into that process. By doing so, occupational health and safety issues can be evaluated in light of the organization’s strategy, and OH&S initiatives can be aligned with other business imperatives. The organization should consider the application of a PDCA approach towards its OH&S management system as follows:
- Plan – decide what the organization wants to achieve (considering internal and external issues, the needs of interested parties, and risks and opportunities), and put in place the necessary processes and resources.
- Do – put the plans into action.
- Check – monitor and measure processes and performance against requirements and what you want to achieve.
- Act – take actions to deal with nonconformities and to improve OH&S performance.
OH & S-Process
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